That’s how a lot of these transformations happen around here. A fabulous blogger comes up with a fun idea for a post and invites a bunch of other bloggers to join in the fun. Ms. Lauren of The Thinking Closet (who really is super fabulous) and her blogging pal, Vanessa from Tried and True hosted Scarf Week last year during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. This year to make it even bigger and better, they invited a bunch of fun DIY girls to join in too!
All this week there were scarf tutorials galore, each day with a different theme (links to those at the bottom!). Today’s theme is Scarf Refashions, using them in a whole new way.
Now I can’t knit one, purl two a scarf to save my life, but repurposing is my thang, ya’ll!
So today I am sharing how I turned this $1 estate sale scarf:
Into this elegant tray for my dressing table!
Ooh tres elegant! Ok I didn’t really turn a scarf into a tray, but I did use it in making a tray. 😀
The frame started out as one of these oval pictures I scored at a yard sale for $1 each (marked $1.50):
I knew they would be perfect as small trays. Unfortunately I broke the glass in one of them oops.
To make this I removed the glass (carefully this time) and painted the frame in DIY chalk paint first. Gave it a little sanding. Then added a coat of wax for protection…
Next I cleaned the glass really well and reinserted it into the frame. Then I cut the scarf in an oval to fit the opening and added it the frame. Then I replaced the original backing which was hard board. I used a point driver like this one (affiliate link) to drive points into the frame’s edge to secure the back. This tool was a Christmas gift from my hubby and I use it all the time!
Then I went searching for something I could use as feet and found these:
Feet are totally optional. These were part of a huge stash of supplies my Dad passed along to me when he used to be a woodworker. These were used as the feet for the base of lamps that he built, and my Mom painted. The wooden balls were purchased with just a hole in them, and then he added a tiny dowel to the hole in each one. I was lucky to find four put together like this in my stash.
I drilled a hole for each and added a bit of E6000 glue to each one and plugged them right in:
You can see I added pretty paper to hide the ugly that was on the bottom also.
Next I went searching for handles and found these:
Courtesy of Hickory Hardware! They were left over from my IKEA Rast Hack Challenge I did with them. I ordered six, but only ended up using three. A couple coats of Rustoleum in Satin white and a little sanding and they were perfect for handles!
I just drilled holes in the tray to accommodate them:
A little E6000 glue holds them in place perfectly! I love them as handles…
This fun polka dot coordinates so well with my bedroom and this $35 dressing table that I also purchased from an estate sale:
I’ll definitely be keeping this one.
You know how much I love decorating with trays!
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet
Even More Scarf Week
I only joined in today, but talented gals have been sharing clever scarf ideas all week long! And you can check them all out by visiting our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet or Vanessa from Tried & True. You can also explore all of the creative projects shared on social media by checking out the hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
Have you ever made a scarf? I knit one for my Barbie when I was 10. That was the end of my knitting career. Did you come up with any cool ideas for repurposing one??
See what I did with other frame with the broken glass HERE.
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor Miss Mustard Seed